Chimneys suck warm air out of your home.
Drafts
You many not think of light
switches as being energy wasting
culprits, but examine every switch
located on an exterior wall.  You
may be surprised at how much air
flows through the cracks.  Unscrew
the switch plates after turning off
the circuit breaker and lightly caulk
the area or use a child safety plate.
Drafts make you cold, waste precious energy and
drive up heating bills.  Luckily, getting rid of drafts is a
fairly simple and straight forward process.  You must
first find the source of your drafts by checking
windows, doors, chimneys, attics, light switches and
dryer vents.  Once you have pinpointed the problem
areas, fix them one-by-one with caulk, weather
stripping, insulations and other products designed for
closing off air flow.  This is one home project that will
give you a warm sense of accomplishment.  Good luck
as you take a blow at drafts!
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As windows age they lose the
ability to withstand all outside wind.
Check the exterior caulking to make
sure it has not dried up, shrunk or
fallen away.  If so, use a good caulking compound to seal any cracks or crevices.  
You may want to hire a professional to do this job because it will directly affect
the appearance of your home and could be dangerous for second story windows.
Aging Windows
How to Weatherproof a Door and Window
Chilly, windy drafts in your home become painfully obvious when the cold
winds of winter arrive.  Not only do they make you uncomfortably cold, but
they also hurt you in the wallet because unnecessary drafts create huge
heating bills and waste precious resources.  Luckily, you can eliminate drafts
by following some practical common sense tips.
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Settled Doors
Doors become less airtight as the  settle
over time.  Weather stripping should be
replaced on the sides, top and bottom of
the frame every several years.  It is also a
good idea to check the doorknob for air
leaks.  If found, reset the knob to its
originally position.
Builders often neglect proper attic insulation as
they try to save construction costs with the “out
of sight, out of mind” mentality.  Well, that’s
great for the builder but bad for you.  Even if
your attic was properly insulated, the insulation
will lose its effectiveness over time.  Get up in
your attic and check out the situation.  
Purchasing quality foam or fiberglass insulation
materials is one of the best home investments
you can make.  Install it properly and you will
immediately feel a marked difference in the
comfort of your house.
Attic
Finding Drafts
You must find the source of drafts
before you can get rd of them.  
Walk around your house and check
the six most suspect areas:  
Windows, doors, chimney, dryer
vents, light switches and the attic.  
If you easily feel air moving about
count this as a problem area to be
fixed immediately.  If air flow is not
obvious, try lighting some incense
and watch the smoke pattern.  
There is no serious draft if the
smoke rises vertically, but you do
have a problem if the smoke
pattern becomes disrupted.  Once
you have found your points of
entry, follow the suggestions on
this page to eliminate them.
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Dryer vents let air out, so common sense tells you
that they will let air in just as easily.  Think about it,
dryer vents are huge gaping holes in your wall.  Invest
in a vent cover that acts like a doggie door.  It flaps
open when air forces its way outside, but snaps shut
when its job is done.
Dryer Vents
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Weatherstripping on doors must be maintained.
Chimneys are great for aesthetics but lousy for air drafts.  The
problem with chimneys is not that cold air gets in, but that warm
air escapes.  The design of most home chimneys literally sucks
warm air out of your home as it rises.  Always close the flue
when not in use.  In addition, you may want to purchase a
draftstopper that more effectively eliminates seals the chimney.  
Remember to remove the draftstopper and open the flue when
you use the fireplace, or drafts will be the least of your worries.
Check your attic insulation.
Make sure your windows are caulked correctly.
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